Arsenal’s Premier League improvements in the second half of the season

Gunners’ campaign has been a rollercoaster ride, ultimately resulting in Arsenal hovering in mid-table and adrift of the European spots.

The good news is, in recent months, the performances have improved considerably compared to the first half of the campaign.

Arsenal have performed significantly better in the second half of the season so far, climbing up into the top half in recent weeks.

The turning point for Arsenal came on Boxing Day, where Arteta reverted back to a 4-2-3-1 formation, introduced Emile Smith Rowe into the fray and defeated Chelsea 3-1.

That provided the catalyst for improvement, with Arsenal showing considerable improvements in the months since – and the season would have been far different if these sort of performances had been maintained right from the start.

As shown by TransferMarkt, Arsenal have been among the best performers in the division since Boxing Day – with only runaway leaders Manchester City and surprise package West Ham picking up more points

In total, the Gunners have secured 23 points in the 12 matches since Boxing Day – winning seven, drawing twice and losing on three occasions.

Those improvements have coincided with declines for some of the clubs currently ahead of them, including defending champions Liverpool, who have picked up just 12 points in the same period.

With Tottenham also among the clubs to have struggled across the same timeframe, Arsenal could have been in the driving seat for a top-four finish had their performances in the first half of the season been better.

It was a trend that was also witnessed last year as Arsenal were unbeaten from new year until the season was halted in March due to the coronavirus crisis, with the Gunners failing to maintain consistency for a longer stretch of time.

In total, the Gunners have secured 23 points in the 12 matches since Boxing Day – winning seven, drawing twice and losing on three occasions.

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